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Central Oregon Veterans Ranch
PO Box 8302
Bend, OR 97708

Office: (541) 706-9062

Email: info@centraloregonveteransranch.org















THE WARRIOR

The warriors tame
The beasts in their past
So that the night’s hoofs
Can no longer break the jeweled vision
In the heart.

The intelligent and the brave
Open every closet in the future and evict
All the mind’s ghosts who have the bad habit
Of barfing everywhere.

For a long time the Universe
Has been germinating in your spine

But only a Pir* has the talent,
The courage to slay
The past-giant, the future-anxieties.

The warrior
Wisely sits in a circle
With other men
Gathering the strength to unmask
Himself,

Then
Sits, giving,
Like a great illumined planet on
The
​Earth.

*Persian:Saint Hafiz

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